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Russell Dilday

Competition and nerves often go hand-in-hand, not only for riders, but horses, too. California cow horse trainer Russell Dilday has ridden in the nation’s toughest events, including the World’s Greatest Horseman, which he won three times.

Russell DildayCalifornia trainer Russell Dilday focuses on training cow horses for the nation’s top events, including the World’s Greatest Horseman competition, an event he has won three times. The horseman has won more than $587,000 in reined cow horse events, much of that on his stallion Topsails Rien Maker. The duo won the World’s Greatest Horseman titles as well as a National Reined Cow Horse Association championship in the Open Hackamore class. Dilday trains colts and aged event horses at his Porterville facility, which he shares with his wife Tanna and their sons Colt and Ace. He also conducts clinics and competes throughout the United States.